2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War. A hundred years ago hundreds of thousands of people, millions of people gave their lives for their country. Whether you believe this installation is a good (whatever that word means) way of commemorating the War, there is no doubt that it caught people’s imaginations. I went during the peak weekend and I could barely breath, there were that many people. Now, as poppies are being removed the crowds are a lot less.
I arrived at The Tower of London just as the sun was setting and in that time between light and dark the whole area was magical.
This whole installation is to make sure we don’t ever forget the sacrifice so many people from all over the world made. I don’t need an installation to remember and I am sure it is the same for many people but this was a beautiful, stark way of remembering. The sheer number of poppies grounded a figure in reality and gave it meaning.